Tournament of Ancient Inventions

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Students work through a tournament to determine which of these inventions is most influential? Least useful today? Most taken-for-granted?

This tournament has sixteen competitors (feel free to adjust these or move them to new positions):

  1. Wheel
  2. Rubber
  3. Compass
  4. The Number Zero
  5. Chocolate
  6. The Plow
  7. Irrigation
  8. Writing
  9. Tea
  10. Codified, Written Laws
  11. Gun Powder
  12. Paper
  13. Democracy
  14. Maps
  15. Coins or Paper Money
  16. Technology to Track Time


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